We are excited to announce the Grand Prize Winners of the 2016 Tax Refund Save To Win program which is designed to encourage our tax clients to deposit all or part of their tax refund into a savings accounts AND maintain the balance for at least six months. Fifty-six (56) tax clients participated and saved a total of $38,821.69! Half of the participants made additional deposits to their savings - which averaged $550.57 -- beyond their initial tax refund deposit. By adding to their savings and/or participating in OnTrack WNC education and counseling, participants earned additional prize drawing entries and improved their financial skills.
Pictured above: Grand Prize Winner, Kelvin Anderson; Executive Director Celeste Collins, and Emily Matthews, Tax Save To Win Coordinator
Kelvin works for Asheville Transit and lives in Asheville Housing Authority's Garden Apartments. His Family Self-Sufficiency advisor recommended he come to OnTrack WNC. Kelvin said the Tax Program has helped him recognize assets in the community, like OnTrack WNC and Self-Help Credit Union.
When he found out he won, he could hardly believe it. "For some people $500 is like nothing, but for me it's a LOT! I plan to help out my church, keep the rest in savings and keep adding to it."
Pictured above: Nancy Walton and OnTrack WNC's Educator & Counselor, Anna Smith.
Pictured above: Celeste Collins, Sue Fruchey and OnTrack WNC Counselor, Kathryn Beach.
Sue works for the US Forest Service and since 2015 has participated in a wide range of OnTrack WNC's education and counseling services.
What did Sue learn from Tax Save To Win? She said, "I became more intentional about saving and there's a reward in not only knowing that money is there, but feeling good about myself for making the additional deposits happen."
Sue plans to keep her savings account in place and add to it, because, as she says "It has become my 'emergency' fund."
Great News for 2017:
OnTrack WNC's Free Tax Preparation and
The Tax Refund Save To Win Program
will continue, thanks to sponsorship support from
Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLC and the NC Association of CPAs
and grant support from
the City of Asheville's Strategic Partnership Grant,
United Way of Asheville/Buncombe County and Action Pathways
and program partnership from Self Help Credit Union.
Get 2017 off to the right start by deciding what are of your finances you'd like to improve, then sign up for one of OnTrack WNC's targeted programs that combine education classes (to gain knowledge) with individual counseling (to build skills and create action steps):
Pay Down Debt ~ Begin with our FREE Budget & Debt class followed by a confidential, individualized appointment with a financial counselor. Together you'll create a plan to pay down your debt.
Improve Credit ~ Attend our FREE Credit Class, get your credit report/score at OnTrack WNC's monthly Credit Awareness Day, and schedule a Credit Builder counseling session to create an action plan for credit improvement.
Buy a Home ~ Start the journey toward Homeownership with OnTrack WNC's Homebuyer Program. This comprehensive program includes Homebuyer Education to gain knowledge about the process, and individual counseling to create a personal Homebuying Action Plan.
Click here for our Education Schedule.
Attendees who pre-register are entered into a drawing to win one of three $25 cash prizes!
FREE Financial Education Class - Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. In this class, we'll discuss how it happens, identify popular fraud and scam techniques, learn how to prevent identity theft, and explain what to do if you're a victim of identity theft.
These classes are offered in partnership with the Buncombe County Library system and will be delivered at the following branches:
Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Pack Memorial Library
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm - South Buncombe Library
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm - North Asheville Library
Call 828.255.5166 to register today!
How to recover from holiday debt- Asheville Citizen-Times, January 1, 2017
How to cash in on tax benefits before the end of the year- WLOS, December 29, 2016
Starting and keeping your financial resolutions in the New Year - WLOS, December 29, 2016
Here is the January program lineup for our Money Matters radio show which features local guest experts with financial tips and insights. Listen to WWNC 570AM on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 9:00 am. Podcasts are available here.
January 7th: OnTrack WNC Certified Counselor & Education, Anthony Jimenez, announces the 2017 partnership with the Buncombe County Library system and highlights education and counseling programs designed to help you reach your financial goals.
January 14th: Rachel Tanksley, AAMS®, Associate Financial Planner, previews Starks Financial Group's 2017 Savvy Women education seminars, the special prize drawing available to attendees and shares tips for attaining goals in 2017.
January 21st: It's time to think about how to Plan, Apply, and Pay for college with the help of Laura Misner, College Foundation of NC. Learn about this wonderful FREE resource available to all North Carolinians.
January 28th: State Farm Agent, Bill Russell, gives us Top Ten lists he sees with people's insurance, things we miss and Top Ten areas to cover in your annual insurance review.
Thanks to generous grant support from State Farm®, Money Matters is broadcast on WWNC 570AM every Saturday morning from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.